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PREVIEW: Aces-Wranglers

Nov 15th, 2013

The Alaska Aces return home to host the Las Vegas Wranglers for three games in three consecutive days at Sullivan Arena, also launching Military Appreciation Weekend. The Aces are 3-0-0 this season against the Wranlgers and earned a sweep in Las Vegas from Oct. 25-27. The Aces are 8-1-3 in the last 12 lifetime games against the Wranglers and have outscored the Wranglers 14-4 this season.

The Aces enter tonight’s game looking for their fifth consecutive win at home.

GAME: Alaska Aces vs. Las Vegas Wranglers      
DATE: Friday, November 15, 2013
TIME: 7:15 p.m.
SITE: Sullivan Arena  
TV: GCI Channel 1
RADIO: 103.7FM/750 AM KFQD

TICKETS: Click here - single game 

NHL AFFILIATES
Alaska Aces: Calgary Flames
Las Vegas Wranglers: Independent

TONIGHT’S PROMOTION
“Military Appreciation” Weekend – Nov. 15-16

  • Aces will wear specialty jerseys for Friday and Saturday’s game
  • Jerseys will be available to fans in attendance via live auction, following Saturday’s game
  • Aces are collecting ticket donations for usage by local members of the military
  • Representatives from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and military guest speakers present at both games
  • Toys for Tots (in association with the U.S. Marine Corps) – fans invited to throw stuffed animals on the ice for the first Aces goal tonight and tomorrow


NOTE OF THE NIGHT
The Aces carry the best goal differential in the ECHL at +29 (44 goals for, 15 goals allowed). 

LAST GAME:
IDH 4 – AK 2 (11/10/13): Evan Trupp collected two goals but the Idaho Steelheads used two late third period goals to hold off the Alaska Aces, 4-2, before 4,485 fans at CenturyLink Arena. The Aces salvaged two wins in three games at Boise but had their nine game win streak come to an end, bidding for their longest winning streak since the 2005-06 season. Mark Guggenberger, named starter shortly before game time with Olivier Roy arriving into town earlier in the day, made 20 saves and is 4-1 this season.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • B.J. Crum is 12 games away from 300 in his professional career
  • Sean Curry is 5 games away from 700 in his professional career
  • Brendan Connolly is 7 goals away from 100 in his professional career


WHO’S THE NEW GUY?
The Aces welcome new forward Mathew Sisca to the lineup after he was signed by the team as a free agent on November 13. Sisca spent last season with the Orlando Solar Bears and led the club in scoring. Previously, he was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team in 2011-12 when he combined for 66 points in 77 games with Bakersfield and Cincinnati. 

OPEN AND SHUT(OUT) CASE
The Aces put together a streak of 216:49 of shutout hockey, ending last Friday vs. Idaho which was less than ten minutes shy of the ECHL regular season record (Ontario – 2011-12). The Aces tied the ECHL record for most consecutive shutouts (3), also shared by South Carolina (twice), Florida and Hampton Roads.

BROKEN RECORD
Peter Sivak recorded the first Aces hat trick of the season on Nov. 1 vs. Bakersfield and tied an Aces record with five points (3g-2a) in a 6-3 victory. The last Aces player to collect five points in a game was Ryan Gaucher, on Jan. 29, 2006 against Augusta.

SHOOTING GALLERY
The Aces lead the ECHL in shots on goal per game (34.8). Per game, the Aces are outshooting the opposition 34-20 and fired a season high 46 shots on Oct. 26 in a 7-2 win at Las Vegas.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

  • Currently, the Aces lead the ECHL in fewest goals allowed per game (1.3) and fewest shots allowed per game (20.3).
  • Kane Lafranchise is second among ECHL defensemen in shots (34)
  • Ben Parker, B.J. Crum and Dustin Molle are tied for second (+9) in plus-minus among ECHL defensemen
  • James Martin leads Aces defensemen with six points in 11 games